New Policy to Prohibit Use of Tobacco During Shifts

A hospital in Louisiana, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, has implemented a new tobacco-free policy that will help to expand their current tobacco policy.  The policy will “prohibit the use of tobacco products by employees while on their shifts, including when they are on breaks." The policy also states employees are not allowed to work if their clothing smells like smoke.

The new policy will take effect July 1, 2012. Employees have been notified of the new policy and have been given ample time to adjust to the new rule. Administrators hope this will help reduce the amount of contact patients and employees have with toxins during their time in the hospital.

Administrators also hope this will help employees to quit the use of tobacco and become tobacco-free for good. While administrators hope for a tobacco-free workforce, they also understand this might not be possible unless they offer support to their employees. Therefore, they are offering resources and support to emloyees to are ready and willing to kick their habit, and hopefully live healthier lifestyles.

The link to the full article can be found below.

10-26-2011 02:53 (EDT)